Teams Looking To Report Directly To Campus Environment To Start Training Camp

Ruben Hill
May 23, 2020

Some NBA teams based in markets with tight COVID-19 restrictions are asking the league whether players can bypass returning to those cities and report directly to any potential campus environment to start training camp, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to ESPN, as part of a Thursday call with National Basketball Association general managers, the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors were among the teams who stated their desire to avoid having players come back to their usual team training sites.

This proposed idea does allow for teams and players to have the necessary practice time in order to get back in game shape before the season would resume which is extremely important.

The NBA has entered into exploratory conversations with the Walt Disney Company about restarting the remainder of its season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, in late July, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said Saturday.

Executives from Brooklyn, Boston, New York and Toronto were among those who expressed concerns specifically tailored to their market.

It hasn't been determined whether the regular season will resume or the league will go directly to the postseason, which would require fewer teams and put fewer people at risk.

The next steps would likely include a loosening of the restrictions for those voluntary workouts - no more than four players are now allowed inside any facility at a time - and then a plan for when training camps could open.

"The NBA has a Board of Governors call set for next Friday, which is expected to include further detail to teams on a timetable and plan to proceed with the completion of the season".

It remains unclear when the games would begin, but multiple sources say the prospect of players fully training in mid-June and playing by mid-July has been the most popular and possible scenario discussed.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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